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Archive for January 6th, 2021

Off-Duty DEA Agent Accused of Misusing Badge in Encounter with Noisy Neighbor

By Steve Neavling

The DEA is investigating one of its off-duty undercover agents who is accused of misusing her badge in an attempt to get her neighbors in Texas to turn down their music on New Year’s Eve. 

One of the neighbors, James Downs, of Hillsborough County, filed a complaint against the unnamed agent, ABC affiliate WFTS reports.

The tense exchange was caught on a surveillance camera. It happened shortly after midnight, when the agent knocked on the neighbor’s door and requested he turned down the music. 

“Turn it down, turn it down,” the agent says while flashing a badge. “It’s the last time I come here. Yeah, turn it down.”

Downs’ wife Christina Downs said the agent’s actions are “an abuse of power that is way completely unacceptable.” 

“I felt like it was very unethical and so unprofessional and such a terrible way to represent that agency,” she said. 

Plant City Police Sgt. Alfred Van Duyne agreed. 

“If it were me I would be looking at it that it reflects badly on my agency as well as myself,” Van Duyne said.

A DEA spokeswoman confirmed the agency is investigating the complaint. 

Suspected Smuggler Arrested After Shooting at Border Patrol Agents

File photo, via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents came under fire early Sunday morning after trying to stop an SUV driven by a suspected smuggler of undocumented immigrants in Brackettville, Texas. 

No one was injured, CBP said in a news release Tuesday. 

The driver of the black Chevrolet SUV pulled over and fired a gun at agents before driving off. Local law enforcement officers spiked the SUV, prompting the driver to flee on foot when the vehicle came to a stop. 

Authorities arrested a suspected smuggler and several undocumented immigrants who were inside the cab of the SUV. The driver, a Mexican national, was tracked down in the brush and arrested without incident. 

“Thanks to our agents and law enforcement partners, these violent offenders are now behind bars,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin L. Skero II said in a statement. “Acts such as these highlight the importance of border security and the dangers we face daily, and I am grateful no one was injured.”

Both suspected smugglers face charges of assault on a federal agent.